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Honey BBQ Instant Pot Pork Spare Ribs

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Love ribs but not all the fuss? This honey BBQ instant pot pork spare ribs recipe will give you satisfying tender ribs, cooked to perfection with a sweet and savory honey spice rub that will honestly surprise you.

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Tantalizing honey ribs seasoned with a BBQ spice rub that is a blend of three common seasoning blends.

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Ingredients in Honey BBQ Instant Pot Pork Spare Ribs

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  • Pork Spare Ribs — two racks of pork spare ribs, membranes will need to be removed. You can half the recipe to make this with one rack.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar — add to the water in instant pot for added flavor and to help tenderize the meat.
  • Honey — pure honey is best.
  • BBQ Spice Blend — our BBQ blend is recommended for it’s distinct flavor, but you can use your own. We recommend ours because it enhances the ribs and is easy to put together.

Seriously, it’s so easy.

If you have:

you are good to go! You just need to add them to a small bowl in these amounts:

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For 4 Tablespoons of BBQ seasoning:

  • 2 tablespoons All Purpose Spice Blend
  • 4 teaspoons of All Purpose Spicy Masala Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend.

It comes together easily when you have these already prepared. We recommend to use our recipes for the blends (each one comes in handy for so many recipes), but you can use your own or store bought versions.

We always have these three blends ready to go, and so for us, this can’t be any simpler.

You can make a larger batch of the BBQ Spice Blend if you plan to do a lot of barbecuing, or you can whip up a batch as needed. If you’re starting from the beginning though, it will take some time to prep these three blends (17 different spices total), so make sure you factor that in to your planning.

When we thought of combining our three blends, we had expected it to be good, but the smell of the spices mixed together in the ratio, we both said wow out loud!

What if I don’t have all the spices?

If you only have all purpose seasoning or that and one of either masala or pumpkin spice, the recipe will still work out nicely. We have made ribs with less spices many times and it is always good.

You should have the main ingredients though, at least, from the all purpose seasoning blend.

If you’re missing more than a few, you can purchase the spices in small portions (the amounts you need) at any local store that sells spices in bulk. You can save money and there will be less waste this way.

Or if you have enough to make the bulk of a blend but are missing a spice or two, that’s ok. Plus, you’re going to add barbecue sauce to them anyway so don’t fret.

You don’t need to have all seventeen spices, it’s just that if you do have them, it puts these over the top!

What to Serve With Honey BBQ Instant Pot Pork Spare Ribs?

These ribs are a great addition to your usual BBQ dinner and you can serve it with any of your favorite side dishes.

We like Swedish pizza salad that is a cabbage salad similar to coleslaw and our quinoa parsley salad (tabbouleh) is another invigorating side dish.

Potato dishes are always great with ribs, such as Instant Pot dill potatoes, potato salad or baked potato.

For a truly decadent side dish, try Jansson’s Temptation (Frestelse), an ultra rich potato casserole with cream sauce and anchovies. This is most often served during holidays though, when you already expect your calorie intake to be higher.

Since Jansson’s Temptation (Frestelse) is also made in the instant pot, you will have to sequence the recipes one after another, or if you are like us with a large family, you might consider the benefits of two instant pots so these dishes can cook simultaneously.

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instant pot spare ribs recipe

Honey BBQ Instant Pot Pork Spare Ribs

Susan & Björn
Perfectly tender, sweet and savory ribs with honey and a BBQ spice rub made quick with three common spice blends.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 127 kcal
Fiber 1 g
Carbohydrates 12 g


1 Instant Pot 6 Quart


  • 2 Spare Ribs
  • 1 Cup Water, for the instant pot
  • 2.5 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Honey, pure
  • 4 tablespoons BBQ Seasoning


  • Prepare Instant Pot by adding one cup of water, the apple cider vinegar and a trivet.
  • Arrange the spare ribs racks on a cutting board.
    instant pot spare ribs step 2
  • Carefully remove the membranes along the backs of the spare ribs.
    instant pot spare ribs step 1
  • Rub the honey into the spare ribs so that they are completely covered.
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  • Rub the BBQ spice blend onto the ribs so that it sticks to the honey and completely covers the ribs.
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  • Add the well seasoned racks to the instant pot, by wrapping them along the pot by bending them in a circular motion. They should both fit on the trivet.
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  • Close instant pot lid and turn the knob to sealing. Pressure cook at high pressure for 35 minutes and allow the instant pot to natural release it's pressure. Wait until the pin drops to indicate the pressure is completely gone before opening lid.
  • Once complete, remove to a parchment paper lined baking sheet, brush on your favorite BBQ sauce and broil for about 3 minutes. Keep a close eye to ensure the ribs do not burn.
  • Carefully remove from oven to a serving plate. You can cut them into smaller portions if you prefer. Serve with additional honey or BBQ sauce.


Calories: 127kcal Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 1g Net Carbohydrates: 11g Protein: 5g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0.1g Cholesterol: 21mg Sodium: 27mg Potassium: 141mg Sugar: 6g Vitamin A: 263IU Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 106mg Iron: 4mg


The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.

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